Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious
A Memoir and Analysis
by David Dark
"A call to consciousness and the compassion that accompanies the sacred insight that the whole world is kin and everything belongs." —Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation
For many of us, the word "religious" immediately evokes thoughts of brainwashing, violence and eye-rubbingly tiresome conversations. Why not be done with it? David Dark argues that it's not that simple.
Your religion is the story you tell yourself about yourself to others.
"Could calling someone 'religious' ever function as a compliment? It's one more label we use as a placeholder of persons and populations, as if we've somehow gotten to the bottom of who they are with an adjective. I want very much to take this attitude aside and punch it lovingly in the stomach." ~from the book
"David Dark is one of our most astute and necessary cultural critics. His work gracefully opens new doors of understanding and breaks down barriers," —Jessica Hopper, author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic
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"Religious" is a term worth trying to save.
That whole drifting-away-from-the-church-in-your-20s-until-you-have-kids thing? Never happened.